You love the pool, and can't wait to hop in this summer. But there's one problem: Every time you take a dip, your hair takes a beating. The chlorine in swimming pools might be great for killing bacteria and keeping swimmers safe from disease, but it's harsh on the hair and skin. So should you avoid swimming this summer? Of course not, but, there are ways you can protect your precious strands from the potential damage caused by chlorine. So let's explore how chlorine affects the hair and skin.